WELCOME! Our National Training Program provides a forum on the most current issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, tribes, and the people we serve. Topics include: Federal Indian Law and Policy; Leadership and Professional Development; Natural/Cultural Resources; and EEO/Diversity issues.
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Airport & Transportation Information
The SAIGE 20th National Training Program is held at the beautiful River Spirit Casino Resort. It is owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.
Make your room reservations online here or by phone at 888-748-3731 by May 20 for the SAIGE group rate of $98/room/night! You need to ask for the SAIGE block to get the group rate.
Room availability is first come, first served for the week of June 19- 24, 2023. See you there!
River Spirit Airport Complimentary Shuttle
Call to share your flight itinerary by June 5: (918) 299-8518
TUL Tulsa International Airport
7777 Airport Dr, Tulsa, OK 74115
Distance from hotel: 18 miles/anticipated 40 minute drive
Are you a government agency or non-profit organization interested in Exhibiting at our National Training Program?
If you are a Native artist or vendor wishing to sell goods at our Training Program please contact us.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national 501c (3) non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE was formed to promote their recruitment, retention, equal treatment, and advancement within the government and to assist government agencies in honoring the unique Federal-Tribal relationship.
This year’s theme is: “Tribal Nations Soaring To New Heights”. For the first time in history, there is a strong representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives at the highest levels of government, leading agencies in financial, sciences, agricultural, natural resources, and educational arenas. These are just a few areas where Indigenous people are achieving greatness in government while supporting and building a stronger nation.
Our training provides forums on the most current issues facing American Indians and Alaska Native employees, tribes, and people we serve. The plenary sessions include dynamic presenters from Indian Country and government leaders. Workshops are presented by outstanding knowledgeable speakers in their specialties. Sessions are designed in these areas: Federal Indian Law and Policy; Leadership and Professional Development; Natural/Cultural Resources; and EEO/Diversity issues
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tim Tate Nevaquaya has spent many years working to develop his own artistic style.
Given that his father was the noted and acclaimed Comanche artist and flutist, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, (who painted in the style, art critics refer to as “Oklahoma flat style”—two-dimensional Native American art whose origins go back to the Kiowa Five artists, who began painting in the 1920’s and brought Native art into the contemporary era), he has had a huge creative shadow to contend with and emerge from.
“I learned that traditional technique from my father. About a decade ago I had a real creative breakthrough, where I found myself literally up all night, exploring a more abstracted point of view” “The more I explored, the more came through in regards to color and design.” “I felt these were the most interesting and beautiful pieces I’d done.” “It’s strongly expressive,” Tim says about his paintings, which rely heavily on oil as a medium.
It’s not as academic as the traditionalists, although it takes facets of the Native American culture and expresses it in a way that really conveys a very deep spiritual message to the viewer.” “I certainly feel I found my own vision as a painter – this work is born from deep soul-searching and experimentation.”
His father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya was largely responsible for the revival of the Plains Indian Flute, which Tim plays beautifully. The peaceful and calming melody of his playing draws you into his paintings as if you were there, too.
ABOUT THE CAREER FAIR
The SAIGE Career Fair is incorporated into the National Training Program to provide the SAIGE college students in the Youth Program an opportunity to interact with federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Here, exhibitors are able to showcase the types of career paths within their agencies, open vacancies, and programs such as internships and VISTA programs to assist students in transitioning into the workforce. This may be the first time that students have been exposed to the possibilities of public service.
SAIGE has a Youth Program designed for Native college students, 18- 25 years of age that offers leadership training, as well as a Career Fair where they can be exposed to many options in government careers. SAIGE provides transportation, registration cost and food during the time they are there.
The Warrior Society focuses on military and veteran issues within the SAIGE organization and assists with the planning and conduct of the Warrior/Veterans Program during the SAIGE annual training program. The SAIGE Military Meritorious Service Award honors Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members and military veterans in government service, who during the award period through their service have made significant contributions.
This program is held on the Thursday of the week and all veterans and active military are invited to attend this special program at no cost. However, for head count we ask that any planning to attend that day register on the SAIGE registration site.